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Top 10 Best Rooftop Bars on the Las Vegas Strip

All up and down the Las Vegas Boulevard stretch, various bars offer up libations of the common and obscure variety to entertain the strip’s 42 million annual visitors. Sin City has an infinite number of laid-back watering holes to get your drink on, and it also has upscale spots for dressing fancy and drinking even fancier. But what if you’re feeling sky-high and the ONE thing you’re want most during your Vegas weekend is to grab a drink in the presence of a spectacular top-of-the-world view? If that’s the case, then things are most certainly looking up for you and Vegas can certainly deliver on your thirst for the elevated lifestyle. Without further adieu – nor further puns – here are Discotech’s Top 10 best open-air rooftop bars on the Las Vegas Strip.

1. Drai’s Nightclub Pool Deck Bar @ The Cromwell – $$ – Center Strip

View of Las Vegas Strip from Drai's outdoor pool deck

The crown jewel of the newly built Cromwell Hotel & Casino, Drai’s Nightclub and Beach Club provides an unrivaled view encompassing the entire Vegas Strip and beyond. Drai’s is a spacious and always happening multi-level Las Vegas rooftop music and dancing venue hovering ten floors above the glittering madness of Sin City. The spacious outdoor roof terrace of the venue is decorated like a tropical oasis with multiple swimming pools, palm trees, cabanas, and lots of deck chairs and lounge sofas. The westernmost bar of the terrace offers one of the most spectacular unimpeded views of the Strip in both directions, including a front-row seat to the periodic water and light shows put on by the world-famous Bellagio Fountains.

Upcoming events at Drai’s Nightclub / Drai’s Beach Club – get on the guest list!

2. Omnia Nightclub Terrace Bar @ Caesars’ Palace – $$$$ – Center Strip

Following its much-anticipated grand opening March 2015, Omnia Las Vegas quickly ascended to the title of hottest electronic music club on the Vegas Strip. Located in the space previously occupied for a decade by the legendary Pure Nightclub, Omnia’s claim to fame as an entertainment venue is its main room, which boat a star studded EDM DJ lineup (including Afrojack, Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix, and Tiesto) a colossal spaceship-inspired kinetic chandelier lighting system looming over a cavernous expansive dance floor, and sublime modern architecture.  However, not to be outdone is the club’s upstairs rooftop terrace, which has its own (more mellow) DJ and dance floor along with one of the most complete and stunning views of the Strip lights. Get the “selfie” setting on your phone ready for action.

Upcoming events at Omnia Nightclub

3. Skyfall Lounge @ Delano / Mandalay Bay – $$ – North Strip

The James Bond-inspired Skyfall Lounge is a multi-sensory experience combining a spectacular panoramic Vegas Strip view, modern interior design, innovative dining options, artisan cocktails, and low-key sound grooves. Although dress code is strict, the rest of Skyfall Lounge’s vibe exudes a laid-back atmosphere: a a carefree escape from the cacophony and stress of Sin City as resident DJs spin easygoing tunes to mellow you out so you can nod your head along to the eclectic beats. With clear, unobstructed 64th-floor views of the Strip from any location on the lounge floor, Skyfall Lounge can indeed get by on ambiance alone. Yet the on-staff mixologists provide another layer of elegance with an extensive and seasonally changing cocktail program and drink menu. If you want to ensure you get a seat to enjoy the views, reservations are suggested; alternatively, you can flash your Delano / Mandalay room key for no-wait entry as well as a free glass of champagne with early arrival before 8:30pm.

Closest nightclub afterparty to Skyfall Lounge: Light (in resort on first floor)

4. Chateau Nightclub Eiffel Tower Bar @ Paris – $ – Center Strip

On price alone, there is no better bottle service deal for a nightclub on the Vegas Strip than at Chateau, hands-down.  The general admission bar areas of this centrally located venue will indeed impress you with their spectacular rooftop views of the Las Vegas Boulevard lights from underneath the hotel’s Eiffel Tower replica, but it will truly wow you with a $400 table special offer that gives you a bottle of Belvedere, a bottle of premium champagne, unlimited mixers for your vodka, and up to 4 VIP entries (no wait + line skip, no cover, hosted expedited walk-in to table).  They also have similar specials for larger groups, and even if vodka isn’t your weapon of choice they still have uber-affordable bottle pricing for a la carte orders. Viva la France!

Upcoming events at Chateau Nightclub – get on the free guest list!

5. Apex Social Lounge @ Palms Hotel – $$$ – Center Strip

Skyline view from Apex Social Club

Perched on the 55th floor of the Palms Casino & Resort for over a decade was the iconic GhostBar; in early 2018 the space was expanded, renovated, and rebranded as the upscale boutique nightclub and rooftop bar APEX Social Club. With top-of-the-line modern and ultra-chic decor along with top-notch views from the top of Sin City, the new venue is quite aptly named. Mind-blowing IG-worthy 360-degree panoramic views from the outdoor skydeck of APEX Social recreate the exhilarating feeling of being on top of the world. The venue is only open from Thursday through Sunday evening, but it’s certainly worth the slight detour from Las Vegas Boulevard if you’re in the skyline sightseeing – and late-night partying – mood.

Upcoming Events at Apex Social Club – get on the free guest list!

6. 107 SkyLounge @ Stratosphere Hotel – $$ – North Strip

Being 107 stories above the Vegas strip in the Stratosphere Tower gives this ultra-lounge its name; while it lacks a unique moniker, 107 SkyLounge makes up for that with the most unique skyline view of the city. It’s the highest point on the north end of the Strip facing properties south, so it offers scenery only matched by the high-rise private residential towers in that area. Their drinks are incomparable as well: high-end martinis and more adventurous spirits expertly crafted from award-winning bartenders. 107 does have DJ formats and turn into a quite lively scene on the weekend evenings, but if a high-volume party isn’t your forte it’s still got plenty of quieter nooks and crannies to enjoy the evening and the views in the company of a special date.

Closest afterparty nightclub to 107 SkyLounge: EBC At Night / XS (inside resort on first floor)

7. Foundation Room @ Mandalay Bay – $$$ – North Strip

Foundation Room – one of the Mandalay Bay Resort’s gathering spaces with the largest layout in terms of square footage – offers the most spacious amount of real estate for large groups to mingle comfortably. The venue is located 63 floors high and gives visitors an exhilarating panorama of the world-famous lights of the Las Vegas Strip; in addition to breathtaking outdoor vistas, the dimly lit interior exudes intimacy and dark-toned luxury. It’s a very popular space with corporate clients as a gathering backdrop for high-ranking executives sporting suits, or just middle managers in polos and khakis pregaming before throwing themselves into the craziness of the Vegas strip.

Closest nightclub afterparty to Foundation Room: Light (in resort on first floor)

8. Beer Park @ Paris Hotel – $$ – Center Strip

So much for creative naming. Beer Park is designed with the goal of giving tourists a no-frills slice of Americana, but with all the frills of Vegas, baby, Vegas. The open-air entertainment venue, of which American mega-brand Anheuser-Busch is a strategic investor, puts forth a nostalgia-inducing atmosphere that mixes the feel of a classic baseball stadium with the communal charm of a suburbia park with all of the glorious food and drink favorites each has to offer. Similar to the Vegas Strip itself, this brand-new space was designed to bring people from all over the world together, with Oktoberfest-style communal picnic tables for communal drinking and a grassy lawn to challenge strangers in friendly classic bar games like giant Jenga, Skee-Ball, Pop-A-Shot, darts, and billiards. But on top of all of these perks, Beer Park totally understands – and focuses on – sports as the great global unifier: it is one of just a few spots in Las Vegas to offer onsite wagering outside of a sportsbook, and gargantuan towers on each side of the main bar display multiple high-definition televisions that are ideal for watching the biggest sports matches of the day whether you’re a longtime die-hard or a new “fan” holding a $20 wager in hand.

Upcoming events at Beer Park
Closest nightclub afterparty to Beer Park: Chateau (in resort on first floor)

9. Sake Rok Terrace Bar @ The Park Vegas – $$ – South Strip

Home to the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights, semi-annual UFC megafights, and the biggest music acts of any genre swinging through Sin City – Metallica, Bruno Mars, Elton John, George Strait, J-Lo, and Ariana Grande are some of the megastars that have graced its stage – the 20,000-seat capacity T-Mobile Arena, built in 2016, is an ultra-modern gathering place. To complement the hundreds of entertainment dates scheduled at the arena annually – and also to draw tourists to the area on the few nights the arena is dark – the stadium grounds are bordered by The Park Vegas, an open-air cobblestone footpath lined with casual restaurants and bars that are perfect for T-Mobile pre-partying… and post-partying, since Vegas never sleeps duh. One of the signature restaurants on the Park Vegas strand, Sake Rok offers fine sushi and sake indoors on a daily basis, then opens up to al fresco vibes on the upper floor rooftop terrace starting in the early evening. Plush lounge sofas offer views down onto the newest part of the Strip while sipping on a wide range of mixology signature cocktails and classics with a twist. Sake Rok is a great spot for pre–game drinks, or a post-game nightcap after a jolly good show at T-Mobile.

Closest nightclub afterparty to Sake Rok Terrace Bar: On The Record (in Park MGM resort next door)

10. Voodoo Lounge @ Rio – $ – Center Strip

Views of Strip from Voodoo Lounge, Las Vegas

Located off the main Las Vegas Boulevard drag 51 stories atop the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, the VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub & Lounge offers spellbindingly intimate Strip views, juggling acrobatic bartenders, and a purple-hued open-air veranda area where patrons can enjoy a warm desert breeze while guzzling some of the most creative cocktails in Las Vegas (a smokingWitch Doctor, anyone?). With an off-Strip location, VooDoo’s ambiance is a little more relaxed than many of the Strip’s clubs, and because it’s an older venue the crowds tend to be thinner these days than that of the other venue on this list. However, if you’re looking for casual and chill – along with a convenient yet quality bite to eat along with your views – tie this place together with a restaurant reservation at VooDoo Steak one floor below to create one helluva Vegas night to remember.

Closest nightclub afterparty to Voodoo Lounge: Apex Social Club (in Palms resort across street)


OK, so you’ve gotten your “rooftop barhopping in Vegas” itch scratched early, and for your next chapter in your storybook Vegas weekend you’re ready to let loose on a pulsating dance floor, amirite? What’s the next step??? Line up your party plans in advance and set aside the appropriate budgets (or sign up for guest lists) using our Discotech app. Available in both the App Store and Google Play and featured on BBC Travel and highly reviewed on Yelp!, Discotech is here to make sure that high-rising rooftop bar buzz of yours carries over into high-energy late-night and next-day adventures. Cheers lads and lasses!

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Top 10 Best Upscale Bars / Lounges on the Las Vegas Strip

Sin City has an infinite number of laid-back watering holes to get your drink on, but it also has plenty of upscale spots where you can dress fancy and drink even fancier. These spots, which are classified into the entertainment category “Lounge” or “Ultra Lounge,” are venues with more visually impressive interior design and decor that attract more well-dressed clientele starting later in the evenings. Like their nightclub siblings, lounges emphasize music, alcohol consumption, and sexy people-watching. However, there are a few key differences between the lounges and the more well-known nightclubs of Sin City.

What is the difference between a Lounge and Nightclub?

  • Size. Lounges are smaller venues than nightclubs, with layouts typically half the size (or less) of the square footages of nightclubs.
  • Dance Floor. Lounges typically do not have dedicated dance floors like nightclubs do. Unlike a regular bar, however, you’ll often find a good amount of people at any lounge dancing to the music – either standing in place, at their seats, or within the lounge’s smaller open spaces that aren’t dance floors but can become de facto gathering places for drunk strangers to rock out to the music together.
  • Drink Menu. Lounges offer libations of all price points but usually emphasize higher-end craft cocktails and mixology; nightclubs carry more standard drink options and focus on pulsating music and light shows / pyrotechnics.
  • Seating Availability. Lounges often accommodate groups with seating at a reasonable price point, or merely require the opening of a credit card tab with no minimum spend in exchange for seats. Nightclubs only offer seating if a client reserves a pricy VIP section requiring a one or more bottle minimum.
  • Dining Availability. Lounges frequently offer eating options, sometimes a full dinner menu but more often a limited set of appetizers that complement their drink menu or overall theme. Nightclubs rarely offer any eating options, as their core focus is on drinking and dancing. (That being said, a handful of nightclubs do offer munchies like fruit plates or french fries as tableside options for VIP clients, and many lounge and clubs even allow pizzas and other resort restaurant offerings to be ordered and delivered late-night to high-spending tables. Only in Vegas, baby!)

OK – so what’s the difference between a Lounge and an Ultra Lounge?

All up and down the Las Vegas Boulevard stretch, various lounges and ultra lounges offer up libations of the common and obscure variety to entertain the strip’s 42 million annual visitors. How are the two categories different?

  • Vibe. The distinction between the “Lounge” and “Ultra Lounge” categories is a subjective one truth be told, but most nightlife industry insiders agree it is related to the vibe that the management of a particular venue seeks to project along the spectrum of “chill” to “relaxed” to “buzzing” to “all the way turnt up.”
  • Music volume. A Lounge tends towards music of softer volume – a live music performance is not uncommon – that promotes a relaxed atmosphere and facilitates conversation among guests. An Ultra Lounge, on the other hand, typically pumps higher volume dance-friendly tunes – often provided by a live DJ – that encourage moving and grooving.
  • Layout. Again, both the Lounge and Ultra Lounge venue types project upscale auras surpassing that of regular bars and dive bars; however, Ultra Lounges want to facilitate more dancing so they typically provide wider walkways, small pockets of open space, and less space taken up by couches, tables, or other seating.

OK, so you and the missus (or the boys!) have donned your finest outfits for tonight, you’re staying in one of the best hotels – or perhaps a luxury suite, you baller? – on the Strip. You sure as hell didn’t get dressed up for nothing, and you’re on the hunt for a Vegas drinking scene with more energy and action than run-of-the-mill bar. Well Don Juan, we’ve got just the recipe for you: here are Discotech’s Top 10 best upscale bars and lounges of the high-energy variety – or “Ultra Lounges” – on the Las Vegas Strip.

1. Alibi Ultra Lounge @ Aria – $$$ – Center Strip

Inside of Alibi Lounge @ Aria, Las Vegas, Nevada

A glittering center-strip jewel rising from the desert floor, Aria is one of the largest hotels on Planet Earth: 4,004 rooms, including 568 suites and two distinct AAA Five Diamond hotel products. The state-of-the-art accommodations above complement the state-of-the-art entertainment amenities on the casino floor: Aria has arguably the best collection of upscale dining options – CATCH, Javier’s, Lemongrass, Carbone, Din Tai Fung, and Sage, to name a few – of any Strip resort, in addition to a handful of high-class venues to sit and sip fancy drinks. Their best one of these, Alibi Ultra Lounge, benefits from its coveted location within Aria: it is immediately visible from Aria’s main visitor entrance and smack in the center of the casino floor subject to heavy foot traffic passing by from all directions.

Alibi has a rich, cozy interior beautifully decorated in darker tones, and its master mixology staff – one of the best in Vegas – wows guests stopping in with a combination of premium spirits, imaginative ingredients, and exceptional service. This place is particularly crowded on weekdays when there is a big white-collar industry convention or conference in town, as Aria is a popular hotel choice among professional services employees on business travel. It is also busy on Friday or Saturday nights, especially when Jewel Nightclub – located less than a hundred feet away – has a notable performing artist drawing crowd and thus pushing spillover traffic to Alibi. That being said, most Vegas party insiders will agree that the scene at Alibi is often more fun than the scene at Jewel on any given night: the music is always top-quality and the crowd is frequently peppered with beautiful, well-dressed clientele to complement the beautiful, well-dressed libations being served at the bar and plush seating areas.

Closest nightclub afterparty to Alibi Ultra Lounge: Jewel (in resort on first floor)

2. Clique @ Cosmopolitan$$$$ – Center Strip

Inside of Clique Lounge @ Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, Nevada

A popular hotel choice and rendezvous point for the beautiful twentysomethings and thirtysomethings of the world since the day it opened, The Cosmopolitan continues to stand out from all other high-end resorts on the Strip by maintaining its modern style and sophistication while consistently adding new attractions. A popular playground for well-traveled and well-heeled young foreigners as well as in-the-know locals, Cosmo’s casino floor has always attracted the “cool kids” crowd with its long list of buzzy restaurant/lounge scenes and its cadre of Instagram-worthy sights. Fitting right in with this ethos in the center of Cosmo’s first floor is Clique, a jewel buried right in the middle of the resort’s seemingly endless treasure chest of luxurious entertainment options.

Clique draws curious passersby into its clutches with a steady stream of those cool kids congregating around its entrance at all hours of the night, as well as timeless radio-friendly Top 40 / hip-hop tunes coolly bumping from within its semi-drawn curtains. Once you’re inside its seductive walls, you’re held in arrest by sexy service staff, tableside mixology, and inventive craft cocktails including a wide array of shooters, champagnes, and aperitifs. Several open areas within Clique’s layout often convert to dancing hotspots as the clock strikes midnight, which makes for a great way of burning off excess energy or even just great people-watching. And if it’s just latter you’re signing up for, you can do that not just over drinks but also over variety of savory appetizers and sharable dishes from Clique’s acclaimed food menu – we recommend their signature wings, juicy sliders, delicious deep-fried Oreos… or all the above?

Closest nightclub afterparty to Clique: Marquee Nightclub (in resort on second floor)

3. Skyfall Lounge @ Delano / Mandalay Bay – $$$ – South Strip

The Delano brand epitomized white-hued South Beach style and splendor for nearly a decade before making its way across the country to Las Vegas. This trademark splendor has been uprooted from beach to desert and painstakingly replicated in all aspects of the hotel-within-a-hotel at Mandalay Bay, including in its well-known and well-reputed rooftop ultra lounge. Located adjacent to Rivea, the James Bond-inspired Skyfall Lounge is a multi-sensory experience combining a spectacular panoramic Vegas Strip view, modern interior design, innovative dining options, artisan cocktails, and low-key sound grooves.

Although dress code is strict, the rest of Skyfall Lounge’s vibe exudes a laid-back atmosphere: a a carefree escape from the cacophony and stress of Sin City as resident DJs spin easygoing tunes to mellow you out so you can nod your head along to the eclectic beats. With clear, unobstructed 64th-floor views of the Strip from any location on the lounge floor, Skyfall Lounge can indeed get by on ambiance alone. Yet the on-staff mixologists provide another layer of elegance with an extensive and seasonally changing cocktail program and drink menu. If you want to ensure you get a seat to enjoy the views, reservations are suggested; alternatively, you can flash your Delano / Mandalay room key for no-wait entry as well as a free glass of champagne with early arrival before 8:30pm.

Closest nightclub afterparty to Skyfall Lounge: Light (in resort on first floor)

4. Rhumbar @ Mirage – $$ – Center Strip

Current mood: island relaxed. If this applies to you on your Vegas trip, then Rhumbar – a highly stylized cocktail and cigar/hookah lounge inspired by the cool breezes of the Caribbean – is your vibe. The spacious lime-and-coconut colored outdoor patio instantly calls to mind a tropical vacation with a frozen fruity drink in hand, only instead of a shoreline you’re feet away from the crashing waves of the bustling Las Vegas skyline. The venue has floor-to-ceiling windows that offer an unobstructed view of the lights of the Strip through the swaying palm trees of the manicured Mirage landscape.

In terms of entertainment though, Rhumbar is NOT just a day on the beach. Yes, patrons can puff stogies or shisha while sipping on the Strip’s best collection of rum cocktails. Or they can alternate their gaze between multiple big screen televisions and only-in-Vegas costumed oddities like Darth Vader and Pikachu passing through the well-trafficked Mirage lobby on their way out to Las Vegas Boulevard. However, the nighttime music format rotates between DJs, singers, and live bands and is upbeat with a decidedly Latin flair – salsa, reggaeton, bachata, Caribbean hip-hop sounds – that strongly encourages guests to mover la culita in the patio’s open spaces under the desert stars.

Closest nightclub afterparty to Rhumbar: Omnia (@ Caesars’ Palace next door)

5. Electra Cocktail Club @ Palazzo – $$$ – North Strip

Electra Cocktail Club @ Palazzo, Las Vegas

Like Alibi at Aria and Clique at Cosmopolitan, Electra Cocktail Club at the Palazzo is a can’t-miss centerpiece on its resort casino floor. Bold and modern, Electra is the brainchild of famed mixologist Sam Ross and his partners. Traditional and abstract custom artworks adorn the space to provoke and inspire the free spirits coming to Vegas. In the evening, colorful artistic visuals unfold on Electra’s 40-foot-long high-definition electronic wall synchronized to the beats of hip-hop, R&b, and rock music expertly mixed by the resident DJs. The entire scene overwhelmingly encourages visitors to order and drink their libations quickly and then immediately stake out any open spaces to dance, dance, dance the night away.

Don’t gloss over the drink ordering part, however. The Electra bar menu focuses on the spirits of rum, mezcal, and agricole but also offers lighthearted slushie creations, including a peach daiquiri and a frozen take on Ross’ signature Penicillin, a smoky mix of Scotch, lemon, ginger and honey. Other offerings like the Cucumber & Elderflower Daiquiri (made with white rum, fresh lime, cucumber and elderflower) and the Disgruntled Mai Tai (made with two rums, Aperol, fresh lime, Curacao, orgeat and Underberg) are good to the last drop and worth pausing to savor prior to letting the music take control.

Closest nightclub afterparty to Electra Cocktail Club: Tao Nightclub (@ Venetian next door)

6. Artisan Lounge @ Artisan Hotel – $$ – North Strip

Artisan Lounge @ Artisan Hotel, Las Vegas Nevada

Swanky. That’s the one word most often used to describe the Artisan Lounge, the pristine entertainment venue inside of the Artisan Hotel. Its true location is technically classified as Vegas Strip, but it’s actually tucked away one street west of Las Vegas Boulevard on Industrial Road. Shrouded in lush vegetation on the outside, Artisan Lounge revels in its hidden gem reputation: once discovered, the candlelit venue treats its curious clients to visually stunning interior architecture, richly hued wood paneling, mirrored ceilings, plush leather couches, and gilt-framed reproductions of classic paintings from Monet, Picasso, and Da Vinci.

Popular amongst in-the-know Vegas locals and their hipster friends from California and parts beyond, Artisan Lounge offers a satisfying escape from the intensity of the Strip yet is always buzzing with enough people to feel endlessly happening. Patrons rave about the bar’s creative drink menu at reasonable prices, intimate dance floor with wide-ranging musical variety, and ultra-chill outdoor patio inviting longer conversations among friend old and new. Oh, and two huge added perks: Food is served from 6AM to 2AM, and the Artisan Lounge – not to mention the rest of the hotel – offers free Wi-Fi, so you can immediately Instagram and Snapchat the sights and sounds of your memorable time to all your jealous friends around the world.

Upcoming Events at Artisan Lounge
Closest nightclub afterparty to Artisan Lounge: EBC At Night / XS (@ nearby Wynn resort on first floor)

7. Juniper Cocktail Lounge @ Park MGM – $$ – South Strip

Juniper cocktail lounge @ MGM Grand

Home to the largest collection of gin in Las Vegas, Juniper Cocktail Lounge – the new kid on the block on the Strip’s south side – takes its name from the juniper berries that produce gin. The menu features and all of the spirit’s top-shelf brands from around the world, other premium liquor brands, and a carefully curated cocktail list using house-made juices and syrups; a favorite of ours is “True to the Roots “with Spring 44 Gin, clover honey, and fresh lime and orange wedges.

Formerly the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, the upscale Park MGM Las Vegas opened in 2018 after a multimillion-dollar renovation, providing a casual and cool atmosphere catering to younger adult travelers. The true stars of the resort are the restaurant offerings: Park MGM’s goal was to be known as a foodie haven, and with ultra-hip(ster) offerings such as Eataly and Roy Choi’s Best Friend that box has been checked. Making good on this promise has attracted mid-twenties to early-thirties clients to Park MGM in droves, which has in turn made their evening entertainment venues like Juniper Lounge active hotspots for singles to mingle. On weekend nights, a live DJ spinning radio-friendly tunes and affordable bottle service are offered, which along with the sublime mixology from the bar ensures nostalgic millennials (and older millennial wannabes) fill up the lounge from dusk til dawn. For those of you that love that new new, Juniper Lounge is the walk in the Park that you want to take.

Closest nightclub afterparty to Juniper Cocktail Lounge: On The Record (in resort on first floor)

8. Vanderpump Cocktail Garden @ Caesars’ Palace – $$$ – Center Strip

Vanderpump Cocktail Garden @ Caesars' Palace, Las Vegas, NV

Renovated and relaunched in 2019 by British TV personality Lisa Vanderpump (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”), Vanderpump Cocktail Garden is located between the Colosseum and the entrance to Forum Shops in the space previously occupied by Fizz. An immediate favorite among bachelorette parties, Vanderpump Cocktail boasts a sprawling indoor patio layout that weirdly feels outdoor, with pink-accented booths and a full bar adorned with garden decor, lantern-adorned trellises, romantic lighting, and walls and furniture showcasing Vanderpump family pictures (including numerous of her adorable canine children). The end product is a classy yet inviting Hollywood-style supper club that turn into an ultra lounge “see and be seen” scene at night, a drinking / dining / mingling destination whether you’re a superfan of the Real Housewives franchise or not.

And the L.A high life you shall toast to while in Vegas at VCG, with complex cocktails showcasing innovative takes on classics. Cocktail names are witty, such as the matcha-infused Matcha Matcha Man, paying homage to the Village People tune; the spicy Checkmate Bitch, a provocative combination of Stoli Hot vodka and Chacho aguardiente (a jalapeño-infused Colombian spirit from sugar cane) named after an unforgettable Vanderpump rant from Season 3 of the show; and the Rome is Burning, a smoked black cherry Manhattan laced with black cherry chocolate bitters, served tableside in a large smoking jar. In addition to a full appetizer and dinner menu showcasing the prodigious talents of LA’s top chefs, the exclusive Vanderpump-branded sangria and rosé will also be available to order and take with you back up to the hotel room afterparty.

Closest nightclub afterparty to Vanderpump Cocktail Garden: Omnia (in resort on first floor)

9. Eastside Lounge @ Encore Hotel – $$$$ – North Strip

With its ubiquitous red and gold interior decor – lucky colors particularly to the wealthy Asian clientele that often frequent its casino floor tables – the Wynn and Encore have always been one of the most luxurious properties on the Vegas strip. In recent years, they’ve traded in their elitist vibe – without sacrificing any of the luxury – for a more high-energy fashionista cool to target those aspirational Millennials of the aughts and teens that now have money to burn in 2020. The Eastside Lounge is on the Encore casino floor at the mouth of the well-traveled walkway between the Wynn and Encore properties; for that reason, its energy and vibe always ratchets up in the hours leading up to the start of the weekend.

The upscale ambiance of Eastside Lounge is relaxed – even sleepy – during the day and afternoon, with a view of the resort’s beautiful pool area accompanying expertly crafted cocktails, wine, beer, and spirits. Starting in the late afternoon, action picks up as expert mixologists spin up more complex drinks using fresh, seasonal, and novel ingredients while live entertainment (the lounge has a piano and singer setup) regales relaxed onlookers. As dusk falls, however, Eastside takes on a whole new personality as one of the most boisterous spots on the Strip: it is the closest and thus most convenient pre-game / rendezvous point for young, well-dressed, beautiful people headed to nearby nightclubs XS and EBC At Night. If one or both of these nightclubs are open on the night you find yourself at Encore, expect the Eastside Lounge to be poppin’ from sunset until at least three in the morning.

Closest afterparty nightclub to Eastside Lounge: EBC At Night / XS (inside resort on first floor)

10. Centrifuge @ MGM Grand – $$ – South Strip

Centrifuge lounge @ MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV

Hookah lounge by day, ultra lounge by night, Centrifuge at the MGM Grand Strip side entrance is a 77-seat circular bar surrounded by a second circular bank of small-table seating for smoking and socializing.  The centerpiece of Centrifuge is a mesmerizing glow-in-the-dark installation that spins continuously while changing colors every so often, to the tune of live DJs spinning dance selections heavy on reggaeton and radio pop. To cater to the hordes of tourists traversing this central throughway, Centrifuge carries on their menu the specialty cocktails from each of MGM Grand’s signature restaurants, a well tasty fruit-infused cocktails like the Kentucky Peach (peach-infused Woodford Reserve Bourbon, peach nectar, fresh sour and ginger ale) and the Frida (strawberry pineapple-infused Patron tequila, lime and citronage).

Similar to Encore’s Eastside Lounge mentioned above, Centrifuge is quiet when the sun is up and anything but when the sun goes down… and for the exact same reason: location, location, location. The usually monstrous lines for Hakkasan Nightclub less than 50 feet away can be conveniently eyeballed from the Centrifuge bar area, which makes this lounge the optimal pre-game / rendezvous point prior to entering Hakkasan not to mention the first spot for one more drink (or eight) upon leaving the cavernous nightclub. This unavoidable crowd spillover into Centrifuge, along with its record-shaped layout allowing the bar to be accessed from all sides, makes it a most ideal drinking, people-watching and people-meeting venue.

Closest nightclub afterparty to Centrifuge: Hakkasan (in resort on first floor)

OK, so you’ve loved every second of your ultra lounge experience, but at this point in the alcohol is just hitting DIFFERENT and so you’re finally ready to let loose on a pulsating dance floor, amirite? What’s the next step??? Line up your party plans in advance and set aside the appropriate budgets (or sign up for guest lists) using our Discotech app. Available in both the App Store and Google Play and featured on BBC Travel and highly reviewed on Yelp!, Discotech is here to make sure that strong bar buzz or yours carries over into high-energy late-night and next-day adventures. Cheers lads and lasses!

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Top 10 Best Bars on the Las Vegas Strip

The one thing that Las Vegas has no shortage of is laid-back places to get your drink on. No matter your price point, music preference, ethnic background, nationality or age, someone on The Strip is ready and willing to meet you at your idea of fun and hand you a stiff drink, in exchange for your dignity and your hard-earned moolah. Most of the time, that drink also comes with a warm smile, a welcoming ear, and witty chatter that may eventually lead to a memorable Sin City story. All up and down the Las Vegas Boulevard stretch, various bars offer up libations of the common and obscure variety to entertain the strip’s 42 million annual visitors. We’re not talking dayclubs or nightclubs, concert venues, or even fancy lounges. No sir or ma’am, we’re getting straight down to business here: you’re sober and thirsty, and Vegas has got your cure. Steel your heart and your liver, here are Discotech’s Top 10 best bars on the Las Vegas Strip.

1. Tilted Kilt @ the LINQ Promenade – $ – Center Strip

Kilt Girls bartenders @ Tilted Kilt Las Vegas

Repeat after me: Tilted Kilt Las Vegas is THE BEST sports bar on the Las Vegas Strip. There is zero hyperbole in this claim, as TKLV checks all the boxes off any list a customer could wish for from both a local sports bar back home and a fun-loving pub while on a hard-earned vacation. Great location? Check. (Stumbling distance from any Strip resort.) Theme party with sexy Vegas kitsch? Check. (Bawdy Scottish pub meets naughty schoolgirl fantasy.) Reasonably priced drinks? Check. (Some of the cheapest on the Strip, surprisingly.) Attentive, very easy-on-the-eyes service staff? Check. (See above pics… C’mon man, it’s Vegas!!!) Sports on every TV? Check. (Forty large plasma TVs and two extra-large projectors always tuned to live action, plus the Holy Grail: friendly floor managers that move quickly to fulfill any channel change requests.) Mouth-watering bar food? Check. (World-class buffalo wings, “Big Arse” Burgers, flatbread pizzas, loaded tater tots… the list goes on.) Turnt up parties on big occasions like St Patrick’s Day, Halloween, and NFL Playoffs / Super Bowl? Check.

Now a regional chain with franchises across Southern California, “The Kilt” as Vegas locals affectionally call it originally launched at the Rio Hotel & Casino in 2003 before moving to its current 9,000 square-foot two-story location at the LINQ Promenade in 2014. Everything about the venue screams “Touristy!” and yes, they purposely cater to the thousands of out-of-towners they see daily. However, you’d also be shocked at just how many locals are seated at Tilted Kilt’s bar on any given night, many of whom are hard-working salt-of-the-earth service industry professionals coming from or headed to another work shift on the Strip. This is what makes TKLV a truly special place: out of all the aforementioned boxes it already checks, it also checks the “friendly neighborhood bar” box where visitors and locals mingle, interact, root on their teams, and share light-hearted banter and stories over cold suds and strong spirits. Yes, Vegas has a handful of these all-around superstar bars spread out around town, just not any right on the Strip like this one. Born and raised in Sin City, The Kilt is a very much a Wolf of a local bar dressed in tourist Sheep’s clothing… and as their company tagline goes, “A cold beer never looked so good.”

Closest nightclub afterparty to Tilted Kilt: Drai’s / Drai’s After Hours (@ Cromwell resort next door)

2. The Chandelier @ Cosmopolitan$$$$ – Center Strip

A popular hotel choice and rendezvous point for the beautiful twentysomethings and thirtysomethings of the world since the day it opened, The Cosmopolitan continues to stand out from all other high-end resorts on the Strip by maintaining its modern style and sophistication while consistently adding new attractions. A hotel popular with well-traveled and well-heeled young foreigners as well as in-the-know locals, Cosmo has always attracted the cool kids crowd with its long list of buzzy restaurant/lounge scenes and its cadre of Instagram-worthy sights. Fitting right in with this ethos in the center of Cosmo’s first – and second! – floor is the glistening Chandelier Bar, arguably the crown jewel in the resort’s seemingly endless treasure chest of luxurious entertainment options.

Really though, nothing says Las Vegas like a multi-floor bar housed within a two-million piece crystal chandelier. Each level of the The Chandelier has its own vibe, but the second level is where first-timers belong: here the mixologists – some of the most knowledgable and highly skilled in the world – whip up otherworldly libations from a long list of foams, tinctures, purees, garnishes, and hard-to-find spirits. (The Verbana is our favorite – a must-try on your next visit.) The cocktails here are definitely not cheap, but they are artistic masterpieces that you’ll talk about with friends back home for months after your Vegas vacation. The upscale ambiance here makes it perfect for an after-conference business meeting, a first date rendezvous, or nightclub pregame people-watching and friends-making. So press and steam your best suit or cocktail dress – although the vibe is always relaxed, upscale cocktail attire is strongly encouraged inside the Chandelier – and brace yourself for an unforgettable bar night in Vegas.

Closest nightclub afterparty to The Chandelier: Marquee Nightclub (in resort on second floor)

3. Beerhaus @ The Park Vegas / T-Mobile Arena – $$ – North Strip

inside of Beerhaus at The Park Vegas, Las Vegas

Home to the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights, semi-annual UFC megafights, and the biggest music acts of any genre swinging through Sin City – Metallica, Bruno Mars, Elton John, George Strait, J-Lo, and Ariana Grande are some of the megastars that have graced its stage – the 20,000-seat capacity T-Mobile Arena, built in 2016, is an ultra-modern gathering place. To complement the hundreds of entertainment dates scheduled at the arena annually – and also to draw tourists to the area on the few nights the arena is dark – the stadium grounds are bordered by The Park Vegas, an open-air cobblestone footpath lined with casual restaurants and bars that are perfect for T-Mobile pre-partying… and post-partying, since Vegas never sleeps duh.

The best of the bars in the bunch is Beerhaus, an uber-fresh take on the German beer hall concept that features craft beer and made-to-order high-end bar grub favorites – burgers, ribs, hot dogs, brats, soft pretzels, wings, tater tots etc. – using hormone-free meat and locally sourced produce. On any sports nights at the stadium, the place is packed more than two hours in advance and one hour after; even if you don’t have tickets to T-Mobile, Beerhaus is perfect for getting together with friends and watching your teams on one of the pristine flatscreens while taking periodic breaks to talk smack over a game of ping pong, Connect Four, or cornhole under the patio misters.

Upcoming events at T-Mobile Arena
Closest nightclub afterparty to Beerhaus: On The Record (in Park MGM resort next door)

4. Gilley’s Saloon @ Treasure Island – $ – North Strip

Gilley's Girls cowgirl bartenders @ Gilley's Saloon Las Vegas, Nevada

It’s all country music all the time at Gilley’s Saloon, but that singular focus doesn’t stop this wild watering hole from being one of the best live music venues in Las Vegas of any musical genre. The Gilley’s recipe for fun is tried and true: take the spirited saloons of the Old West frontier days, add a dash of the sexy and fast-paced excitement of Las Vegas Strip, bring to a steady boil with non-stop country music heat, and pour on gallons of whiskey, moonshine, and Bud Light for a steady, long-lasting party.

Boots, buckles, and denim are common décor among visitors – especially on Vegas Locals Night Mondays where $2 drinks are served up – but the friendly barkeeps extend warm hospitality to the regular dressed folks as well. In fact, this place is the perfect spot for the country-curious, meaning those city slicker friends of yours who like that Blake Shelton, Dan & Shay, or Old Dominion song on the radio but are open to line dancing lessons (they offer them several nights a week), munching on Texas BBQ (they have quick-serve countertops), and being served cheap drinks by cute cowgirls while going deeper down the country music rabbit hole. Up-and-coming country bands perform live at Gilley’s 3-4 nights a week, and every so often a country music superstar in Vegas for a quick turn pops in unannounced for an intimate set.

Closest nightclub afterparty to Gilley’s: EBC At Night / XS (@ Wynn / Encore across street)

5. Brooklyn Bowl @ the LINQ Promenade – $$ – Center Strip

bar area at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas

Located on the LINQ Promenade just steps away from the High Roller Ferris wheel, Brooklyn Bowl is an ultra-hip upscale bowling alley, a well-loved restaurant by Vegas locals (their Blue Ribbon fried chicken is some of the best in the city), and a concert venue showcasing heavyweight names in reggae, alt-rock, and other lightweight music genres that have rabid followings. But its expansive bar area at the front of the spacious venue also shines as one of the best and most underrated drink stops in Vegas.

The craft beer selection showcases the best of East Coast and West Coast microbrews and rotates frequently, and perhaps even better than the beer is their bar food menu which offers high-end creative takes on the classics. Insiders tip: if you’ve got concert tickets, we highly recommend you come for Happy Hour (Mon-Fri, 5-7pm) and then stay for the concert afterward to avoid long waits in line. Except on the 1-2 times a month a major artist drops in for a more intimate show, Brooklyn Bowl is one of the more affordable ways to drink, eat, and catch live music on the Strip and thus always draws a crowd.

Closest nightclub afterparty to Brooklyn Bowl: Drai’s / Drai’s After Hours (@ Cromwell resort next door)

6. Mandarin Bar @ Mandarin Oriental – $$$$ – Center Strip

Vegas locals affectionately call this spot the “Corner Bar” for its location tucked away on the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental, but moreso as a clever tongue-in-cheek nickname evoking a shoddy dive when it’s actually one of the fanciest and prettiest environments for a cocktail in all of Vegas. The richly decorated space is always quiet enough for one-on-one conversations, whether you’re celebrating a romantic milestone occasion with your significant other or a local looking to entertain an important out-of-town business client in a memorable way. It’s not about any crowd at Mandarin Bar, it’s really all about the views: through floor-to-ceiling glass, stunning skyline scenery in all directions enchants visitors and entices them to indulge in the high life.

And the high life you shall have, with complex cocktails showcasing innovative takes on classics punctuated with unconventional and hard-to-find ingredients such as smoked mandarin orange tea syrup. For example, their Mandarin Martini muddles oranges with fresh pineapple and lime juices, Hendricks gin, Aperol and simple syrup. Additionally, they carry a slew of original craft cocktails to ensure that your sensory experience of taste is on par with the delicious views your eyes are taking in at the top. Our favorites: Southern Punch, which is toasted pecan-infused whiskey, white rum, mandarin, lime, passion fruit and basil syrup, and Golden Knights, an ode to the home team playing a few doors down in the form of Toki Suntory whiskey, Sip Smith gin, Yellow Chartreuse and ginger syrup. Bottom’s up, from the top of Vegas!

Closest nightclub afterparty to Mandarin Bar: Jewel (@ Aria next door)

7. PBR Rock Bar @ Planet Hollywood – $$ – Center Strip

Inside of PBR Rock Bar with mechanical bull

Deep in the heart of Tex… – ahem, Vegas – is another rodeo-themed gem of a drinking post. Located on the highly trafficked Strip side of Planet Hollywood’s famed Miracle Mile Shops, PBR Rock Bar & Grill is a Professional Bull Riders affiliated mega-venue that truly epitomizes the phrase “a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll.” Rock Bar is a sprawling, modern, 16,800 square-foot backyard barbecue featuring two DJ booths, hundreds of big screen TVs lining the bar, and a massive hydraulic mechanical bull at its center, mounted and ridden in constant rotation by buxom staff and ballsy tourists.

The kitchen staff at PBR puts in big work with big plates and big flavors that truly capture the taste of the American Heartland: Chicken & Waffles, Smoked Brisket, BBQ Pork Ribs, and even secret recipes such as the famed Dorito Mac & Cheese. But as good as the food is here, it decidedly takes a backseat to the dranks. Rock Bar’s most memorable feature is its expansive outdoor drinking patio – cooling mist in the summer, heat lamps in the winter – that spills out onto the most coveted and most highly traversed real estate on Las Vegas Boulevard. The patio is packed nearly all times of the year and at all times of the day, the steady reservations traffic endlessly bolstered by walk-ups seeking to take advantage of PBR’s awesome drink specials to quench their thirst at its specialty frozen drink bar or its three other full-service bars. Locals normally shy away from Rock Bar as this is a true tourist trap, but that doesn’t make it any less fun a time for the visitors who dismount from their saddles and mosey on in. Cowboy Up!

Closest nightclub afterparty to PBR Rock Bar: Marquee Nightclub (@ Cosmopolitan across street)

8. Beer Park @ Paris – $$ – Center Strip

So much for creative naming. Beer Park is designed with the goal of giving tourists a no-frills slice of Americana, but with all the frills of Vegas, baby, Vegas. The open-air entertainment venue, of which American mega-brand Anheuser-Busch is a strategic investor, puts forth a nostalgia-inducing atmosphere that mixes the feel of a classic baseball stadium with the communal charm of a suburbia park with all of the glorious food and drink favorites each has to offer. Similar to the Vegas Strip itself, this brand-new space was designed to bring people from all over the world together.

Inside Beer Park there is a 10,000-square-foot upscale “living room” foyer with parlor-style furniture seating arranged in circles to encourage meeting new people; outside there are Oktoberfest-style communal picnic tables for communal drinking and a grassy lawn to challenge strangers in friendly classic bar games like giant Jenga, Skee-Ball, Pop-A-Shot, darts, and billiards. But on top of all of these perks, Beer Park totally understands – and focuses on – sports as the great global unifier: it is one of just a few spots in Las Vegas to offer onsite wagering outside of a sportsbook, and gargantuan towers on each side of the main bar display multiple high-definition televisions that are ideal for watching the biggest sports matches of the day whether you’re a longtime die-hard or a new “fan” holding a $20 wager in hand.

Upcoming events at Beer Park
Closest nightclub afterparty to Beer Park: Chateau (in resort on first floor)

9. Nine Fine Irishmen @ MGM Grand – $ – South Strip

crowded scene at Nine Fine Irishmen, Las Vegas

One of the city’s best Irish pubs, Nine Fine Irishmen was designed and built by Ireland’s top craftsmen and shipped piece by piece to Las Vegas. 9Fine brings the charms of the Emerald Isle to Las Vegas in other ways as well: food, spirits, camaraderie, and of course music. Your favorite Irish dishes – the ones you wolf down only on St. Patrick’s Day – are on the lunch and dinner menu perennially; an impressive variety of Irish beers and drinks will allow you expand your horizons past Guinness and Jameson. Happy Hour runs from Monday-Friday from 2-5 pm; While the restaurant closes at 11pm, the bar stays open until 3am (which makes it the most convenient pre-game / rendezvous point for groups headed to nearby Hakkasan Nightclub).

Once the alcohol starts flowing at Nine Fine Irishmen, the live music entertainment takes the stage to keep the crowd’s toes tapping. In particular, the energy reaches crescendo levels in the evening around 9:30-10pm, when the house band bangs out a mix of traditional Irish music, wild electric jigs and reels, and classic sing-along songs. Granted, the atmosphere here can get a bit rowdy and dodgy, especially during big soccer matches when 9Fine takes on the feel and atomsphere of an edgy Euro-style sports pub. That being said, getting tipsy and creating your own live performances by singing amateur karaoke at the top of your lungs is strongly encouraged here. For that reason, it’s impossible to leave Nine Fine Irishmen off any list of great Vegas bars. Erin Go Bragh!

Closest nightclub afterparty to Nine Fine Irishmen: Hakkasan (in resort on first floor)

10. Parasol Up @ Encore Hotel – $$$$ – North Strip

Parasol Up Casino Bar @ the Wynn Las Vegas

With its ubiquitous red and gold interior decor – lucky colors particularly to the wealthy Asian clientele that often frequent its casino floor tables – the Wynn and Encore have always been one of the most luxurious properties on the Vegas strip. In recent years, they’ve traded in their elitist vibe – without sacrificing any of the luxury – for a more high-energy fashionista cool to target those aspirational Millennials of the aughts and teens that now have money to burn in 2020. The Parasol Up bar on the casino floor next to check-in is usually the first watering hole at the resort to greet these wide-eyed, ready-to-rock visitors; for that reason, its energy and vibe is always running high in the hours leading up to the start of the weekend.

At Parasol Up, Wynn/Encore literally and figuratively rolls out the red carpet to greet you with great service, expertly made cocktails, scenic views of the waterfall and blossom-filled atrium… and of course those colorful parasols suspended from the ceiling to remind you that it’s Vegas and you’re not in Kansas anymore, Toto. Their signature drinks will having you seeing red as well: the Boysenberry Delight, featuring a boysenberry vodka exclusive to the resort, and the popular berry-topped Sinatra Smash. Parasol Up is a ideal group meeting point and classy prelude to the resort’s big draw for the hipper, younger set: their day and night venues that continue to showcase the hottest musical talent in the world including The Chainsmokers, Drake, and Diplo.

Closest afterparty nightclub to Parasol Up: EBC At Night / XS (inside resort on first floor)

OK, so you’ve gotten your “barhopping in Vegas” itch scratched early, and for your next chapter in your storybook Vegas weekend you’re ready to let loose on a pulsating dance floor, amirite? What’s the next step??? Line up your party plans in advance and set aside the appropriate budgets (or sign up for guest lists) using our Discotech app. Available in both the App Store and Google Play and featured on BBC Travel and highly reviewed on Yelp!, Discotech is here to make sure that rising bar buzz of yours carries over into high-energy late-night and next-day adventures. Cheers lads and lasses!

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Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 Party Guide

The annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) – with over 180,000 registered participants – descends upon Sin City this coming week.  If you’re joining us from out of town and are attending the conference, then you are in store for hellacious crowds, physically demanding marathon race-walks, and long days stacked back-to-back with vendor/partner meetings, sales pitches, and product demos.  But hey, don’t let this Vegas trip on the company dime go to waste.  You know what they say:  Work Hard, Play Harder.  And you can always catch up on sleep on the long plane ride home… or when you’re dead.

 

Here’s a recap of the best parties around town after the sun goes down during CES 2018 Week:

Monday, January 8th, 2018

French Montana @ Marquee Nightclub

French is ready to go “All The Way Up” for CES – are you?

CES doesn’t officially kick off until Tuesday morning, but the majority of convention attendees will fly into town on Monday morning, set up their booths at the Las Vegas Convention Center all afternoon, and be chomping at the bit to get the party started in Sin City as the sun goes down.  There are a few Monday night events and mixers around town, including the free Startup Night Downtown Vegas, where visitors can get a sneak peek at 15 of the hottest local startups from nearby Eureka Park. NASA, Lighter Capital, Scout Ventures, and other industry leaders will help select two winners who will go on to compete in the 2018 Startup of the Year competition.  Welcome mixers end around 9pm, and the hottest afterparty will be at Marquee Industry Mondays, where Grammy-nominated Moroccan-American hip-hop star French Montana will take CES revelers “All The Way Up” into the wee hours of the morning.  Pro tip 1: Sign up for the *FREE guest list* using the Discotech app.  Pro tip 2:  MAKE SURE YOU WAKE UP.  Set your hotel room alarm clock BEFORE you head out onto the Strip… or tell a co-worker to send you a wakeup call so you can get to the Convention Center or where you need to be on time.  Or else your employability will be going all the way down.

Time: 10:00 PM – 5:00 AM

Venue: Marquee @ Cosmopolitan (3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109)

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Chainsmokers @ XS

Don’t ask them to play that Blink 182 song that you beat to death in Tucson, OK?

Is there any doubt that 2017 was the year of The Chainsmokers?   A slew of Song of The Decade candidates, a global world tour that can only be described as EPIC, and of course the residencies at two of the hottest nightclubs in Vegas.  This past year the duo put on numerous supercharged performances to packed houses at XS Nightclub and Encore Beach Club at the Wynn — and on the heels of the Grammy-winning pop duo’s incredible inaugural year as Steve’s nightlife residents, The Chainsmokers will headline Sin City’s biggest convention week behind the decks at XS Nightclub.  Tickets will start at $50 for men and $35 for ladies, giving access to both indoor and outdoor sections of the mega-club (stage access is not included unless you have a table). Tables range from a $2K minimum spend on the outdoor patio to a $15K minimum spend for VIP stage tables, with tax/gratuity/venue fees totaling about 35% on top of your group’s final spend amount.

Time: 10:30 PM – 4:00 AM

Venue: XS @ The Encore (3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109)

Steve Aoki @ Omnia

Cake, cake, cake, cake, cake, cake, cake….

A 2017 Hakkasan Group resident and the selected headliner for their 2018 Consumer Electronics Show festivities at their flagship venue, Steve Aoki is known for the enthralling electronic sounds and hard-hitting beats of his highly energetic shows.  The DJ, producer, and California native began his musical career in 1996 as founder of Dim Mak Records; since then his label has released over 250 music records for other notable electro house artists such as Datsik, Infected Mushroom, Dada Life, Zeds Dead, Aoki’s own collaboration with Tiësto, MSTRKRFT, The Bloody Beetroots, Felix Cartal and Mustard Pimp, Bloc Party, Battles, The Kills, The Gossip, Klaxons, Scanners, Whitey, and Mystery Jets just to name a few.   A surefire fan favorite for his captivating stage presence and zany antics – his signature move is throwing cakes into the crowd – Aoki enthralls dance floors and concert halls around the globe with his remixes and collaborations with some of the best-known DJs and recording artists of our time, including Celine Dion.  This is the official opening party for CES, and all CES attendees will enjoy an open bar from 10-11 PM and complimentary entry with their CES badge or event pass. Will Aoki invite any CES visitors to join him on stage at Omnia to do his world-famous “Aoki Jump” for the 2018 jump-off?  Get your tickets and make plans now, because it could be you…

Time: 10:30 PM – 4:00 AM

Venue: OMNIA @ Caesar’s Palace  (3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109)

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

Marshmello @ Intrigue

That one time you took off the VR headset and the person in front of you STILL looked like THIS.

Midway through CES week, your brain will probably be fried by all the relentless techie small talk, Virtual Reality headsets, driverless car rides, and awkward social interactions with the hordes of nerds and hipsters.   Wouldn’t it be fund to recharge by spending part of your CES rollicking and laughing the night away with one of EDM’s most talented artists and one of its funniest, quirkiest personalities?  After your CES company dinner, leave the graybeards of upper management at the slot machines, because this show will be for the twentysomething kids (and Janice in Accounting, because she’s cool AF).  A picture is worth a thousand words, and a Youtube clip is worth a million.   Enough said.

Time: 10:30 PM – 4:00 AM

Venue: Intrigue @ The Wynn (3131 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV  89109)

Rick Ross @ Light

The boss that you wish you had at work.

Not only is CES one of the most exciting weeks for technology, it’s also an exciting week for music, as prime music artists flock to Vegas to entertain the masses that the convention brings in to town.  Mandalay Bay at the far south end of The Strip – one of the furthest hotels away from the Las Vegas Convention Center – is getting in on the action too.  But after a long couple of days covering over 1,900 square feet of exhibitions, you’ll definitely need to unwind and may not be up for the hike (or monorail ride).  The choice is yours: you can head back to your room, crawl into bed, put on the noise-canceling headphones, and lose yourself in some gangster rap… or you can dump all your pamphlets, shower up, get suited and booted, and find your second wind with Grammy-winning rapper Rick Ross and the gorgeous crowd he always draws.  We strongly suggest Option #2 – because nothing gets your mind off your mean boss like your dream boss AKA “The Boss” AKA Ricky Rozay.

Time: 10:30 PM – 5:00AM

Venue: Light @ Mandalay Bay (3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119)

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Tiesto @ Hakkasan

New Year’s resolution for this guy: More Vegas.

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. It looks like globe-trotting DJ and producer Tiësto will be staying as well, with the extension of his multi-year residency, which will go through 2020. The news was revealed last month in a press statement made by Hakkasan Group, which operates Hakkasan Nightclub, Wet Republic and several other clubs for both day and nightlife.  “It is an honor to return to Hakkasan Group and to continue my residencies at Hakkasan Nightclub and Wet Republic,” says Tiësto. “Vegas has come to feel like home, and through my residency with Hakkasan Group, I feel proud of the space we’ve created here for dance music. I look forward to many more opportunities to be inspired by this incredible city in venues that are consistently full of energy.”  Tiësto’s first performance of 2018 comes during CES; the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino will also be converting its main lobby to host meet-and-greets and more. Tickets to both events can be purchased here.

Time: 10:30 PM – 5:00 AM

Venue: Hakkasan @ MGM Grand (3799 S Las Vegas Blvd S ,Las Vegas, NV 89109)

DJ Mustard @ Tao

One beat please. Bacon-wrapped, hold the ketchup, hold the relish.

We assume most of you – yes, even you CES nerds – are at least peripherally familiar with DJ Mustard at this point.  Even if you aren’t, you’ve definitely heard a beat he’s created on your local radio station within the past five years, and you couldn’t get away from DJ Mustard in 2017: he burned up the airwaves month after month collaborating with some of hip-hop’s biggest names.  The Pushaz Ink affiliate has pioneered what he describes as “ratchet music”, and is a close friend of fellow California artist YG, also serving as his official tour DJ. Throughout his young career, the L.A. native has already collaborated with the likes of Young Jeezy, Tyga, 2 Chainz, TeeFlii, Nipsey Hussle, Ty Dolla $ign and many more.   Let’s face it: YG’s “My N*gga”, 2 Chainz’ “I’m Different” and Tyga’s “Rack City” are all DJ Mustard tracks that you – and every techie in your IT department and coding development team – had in your Spotify playlist and secretly know all the words to.  Now is your chance to sing along in person with zero shame and zero f*cks given, as Mustard returns to the site of his 2017 Vegas residency for a special CES performance featuring surprise guests and all his hits.  Main room tables start at $1,000 minimum spend; if you have control of the company AMEX card, those dance floor tables go for $4,000 and can be expensed to “team-building exercises” that are way more fun than trapezes or yoga retreats.

Time: 10:00 PM – 4:00 AM

Venue: Tao @ The Venetian (3355 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109)

Friday, January 12th, 2018

DJ Esco @ Drai’s Nightclub

If you made it this far into CES week… then you’re from here.

Electronic dance music reigned supreme in Vegas throughout 2017, consistently commanding the highest-price tickets and tables in nightclubs around town.  That being said, there’s no doubt that hip-hop is enjoying a resurgence at the moment, and Drai’s Las Vegas has been a big reason behind that comeback.  This past year saw Drai’s surge to the top of the Vegas hip-hop nightlife ecosystem by committing to booking top-tier talent – Future, Migos, G-Eazy, Lil’ Wayne, to name a few – which in turn made Drai’s a coveted brand and destination not only for hip-hop royalty but for professional athletes and all of black Hollywood.  Yeah, yeah, yeah – we know that the Official CES Closing Party is just down the road at the Venetian.  But half of your compadres will already have skipped town, and the eggheads who worked too hard all convention week will be trying too hard to have fun there.  So trust us when we say the better party atmosphere will be elsewhere on the strip.  The coolest Vegas stories come from partying with the cool kids AKA us Vegas locals, and there will be plenty of them at the legendary Drai’s on Friday night bumping to DJ Esco and taking their city back from the hordes of CES tourists, prior to ending the night / starting the morning next door at the infamous Drai’s After Hours.

Time: 10:00 PM – 4:00AM (Drai’s After Hours goes from 2:00am to noon)

Venue: Drai’s Nightclub @ The Cromwell (3595 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109)

More events and more venues for CES 2018 in Las Vegas can be found on the Discotech app.  Safe travels to and from Sin City, enjoy the convention, and look for Discotech back in your own town!  (We’re in 25 North American cities and counting…)